After Burner III

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After Burner III
System(s): Sega Mega-CD, FM Towns
Sega Mega-CD
Sega (US, Europe)
Sega Mega-CD
FM Towns/FM Towns Marty
CRI (Japan)
Sega Mega-CD
FM Towns/FM Towns Marty
Sega (JP)
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad, XE-1 AP
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
¥8,400 (8,652)8,400e[3] T-68014
Sega Mega-CD
$49.9949.99[5] 4415
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Mega-CD
DM 99.0099.00[10] 4415
Sega Mega-CD
Sega Mega-CD
£39.9939.99[7][8] 4415
FM Towns/FM Towns Marty

After Burner III (アフターバーナーIII) is an aircraft combat game developed by Sega for the Sega Mega-CD and FM Towns. It is a port of Strike Fighter, which only saw release in Japanese arcades, adding a CD audio soundtrack (with the addition of music from After Burner II) and cinematic sequences. Though the original arcade game used sprite-scaling extensively, the Mega-CD port does not use the console's dedicated sprite-scaling hardware, instead using pre-scaled sprites.

As Strike Fighter was actually a sequel to G-LOC: Air Battle, it does not have a third-person perspective view like After Burner and After Burner II. After Burner III adds this view as an option.


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F-14 Tomcat

The player pilots an F-14 Tomcat fighter jet. The jet flies itself through each stage, and the player can engage or evade the various enemies that appear, which include enemy jets as well as ground-based targets. The jet climbs with Down and dives with Up. It rolls with Left and Right. The player can choose between two rolling modes in the options: free, where the jet maintains its angle after rolling, and limited, where the jet levels itself after the player releases the D-Pad. The jet can engage its afterburners with C, which increases its movement speed. A meter appears to show the power of the afterburners. The afterburners can be used to dodge missiles or outmaneuver enemies. The player can slow the movement of the F-14 by raising its flaps with Z.

The jet fires its Vulcan cannon with A (or X) and fires its Sidewinder missiles with B (or Y). Both weapons have unlimited ammunition. While the cannons are always fired in the same position in front of the jet, there is a square target zone in the middle of the screen with a crosshair for the missiles. The crosshair automatically moves to acquire the nearest target within this square and turns red when it has locked onto a target.

The jet has a damage meter that increases as it takes damage from enemy fire. The jet is destroyed if the meter fills. Enemy missiles destroy the jet regardless of how much damage it has taken previously. The player continues the mission with a new jet as long as there are extra jets remaining. If the player runs out of extra jets, the game can only be continued by using a continue. Each continue has 3 jets. The player gains an extra jet at 6,000,000 points and then every 3,000,000 points after that. There are three different difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, and Expert), selectable in the options before starting the game. On Easy, the game consists of 11 stages and the player has 2 continues. On Normal, the game has 15 stages and the player has 3 continues. On Expert, the game has 20 stages and the player has 4 continues.

There is also an option for changing the perspective between the default cockpit view, as used in the arcade game, and a view from behind the jet, as used by other After Burner games. When using a Six Button Control Pad, there is an additional setting to allow changing the view during the game with  MODE . When using the cockpit view, the game automatically switches to the back view when an enemy fighter or missile is on the jet's tail. The HUD has a compass and an altimeter in both views. In the cockpit view, there is also a radar and an artificial horizon.

In addition the regular game, there are two competition modes: Time Competition, where the player has 90 seconds to hit at least 30 targets, and Hit Competition, where the player has 90 seconds to hit as many targets as possible. As with the regular game, the player has a limited number of spare jets available to use before the challenge is failed; the timer continues rolling if the player's jet is destroyed.


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Stage 1

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Stage 2

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Stage 3

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Stage 4

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Stage 5

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Stage 6

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Stage 7

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Stage 8

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Stage 9

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Stage 10

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Stage 11

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Stage 12

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Stage 13

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Stage 14

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Stage 15

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Stage 16

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Stage 17

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Stage 18

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Stage 19

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Stage 20

Production credits

Mega-CD version

Sega CD/Mega-CD (Europe) Conversion Staff
In-game credits
After Burner III MCD credits.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: After Burner III/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: After Burner III/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega-CD version

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Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
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Mega Action (UK) NTSC-U
Mega Force (FR)
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Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
Sega Zone (UK) NTSC-J
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Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
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After Burner III

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Mega-CD, FR (Blister pack)
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FM Towns version

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Technical information

Main article: After Burner III/Technical information.

External links


  1. File:AfterBurnerIII MCD JP Box Front.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Wayback Machine: 2019-06-10 17:56)
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  5. 5.0 5.1 GamePro, "August 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 100
  6. Sega Pro, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-10), page 18
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-05), page 60
  8. Mega Power, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-20), page 70
  9. Select Round, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 2
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Sega Magazin, "September/Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-01), page 28
  11. File:After Burner III MCD credits.pdf
  12. Beep! MegaDrive, "December 1992" (JP; 1992-11-07), page 32
  13. Console Mania, "Ottobre 1993" (IT; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  14. Computer & Video Games, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-15), page 109
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 30
  16. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 119
  17. Famitsu, "1992-11-27" (JP; 1992-11-13), page 40
  18. Hippon Super, "December 1992" (JP; 1992-11-04), page 80
  19. Joypad, "Février 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 100
  20. Joypad, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 164
  21. Joypad, "2/1994" (HU; 1994-xx-xx), page 16
  22. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 54
  23. Mega Drive Fan, "April 1993" (JP; 1993-03-xx), page 59
  24. Mega, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-21), page 36
  25. Mega Action, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 32
  26. Mega Force, "Mega-CD Force: Le Supplément Spécial Mega-CD" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 25
  27. MegaTech, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-20), page 28
  28. Marukatsu Mega Drive, "January 1993" (JP; 1992-12-xx), page 108
  29. Mean Machines Sega, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-28), page 74
  30. Player One, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 149
  31. Sega Pro, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-11), page 62
  32. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 74
  33. Sega Zone, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-11), page 52
  34. Sega Force, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-04), page 70
  35. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  36. Sonic the Comic, "26th June 1993" (UK; 1993-06-26), page 10
  37. Supergame, "Junho 1993" (BR; 1993-06-xx), page 20
  38. Video Games, "9/93" (DE; 1993-08-25), page 44

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Games in the After Burner Series
After Burner (1987) | After Burner II (home computers) (1987) | G-LOC: Air Battle (home computers) (1990) | Strike Fighter (1991) | Sky Target (1995) | Sega Strike Fighter (2000) | After Burner Climax (2006)
Sega Master System
After Burner (1987) | G-LOC: Air Battle (1991)
LCD handheld game
After Burner (1988)
Sega Mega Drive
After Burner II (1990) | G-LOC: Air Battle (1993)
Sega Game Gear
G-LOC: Air Battle (1990)
Sega Mega-CD
After Burner III (1992)
Sega 32X
After Burner Complete (1995)
Sega Saturn
Sega Ages After Burner II (1996) | Sky Target (1997)
Windows PC
Sky Target (1997)
Mobile phone
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Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 10: After Burner II (2004)
Sony PlayStation Portable
After Burner: Black Falcon (2007)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
After Burner Climax (2010)
Nintendo 3DS
3D After Burner II (2013)
Google Android OS
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